Yes, this is an old story that hit the news about two years ago. I thought about it after Wednesday’s scheduled shuttle launch was postponed yet again.
Just your basic typo . . . printed in about 500-point type. The shuttle’s name is not “Endeavor,” but “Endeavour”; its British spelling reflects the fact that the ship is named after the HM Bark Endeavour, a 10-gun Royal Navy bark commanded by Lieutenant James Cook on his first voyage of discovery, to Australia and New Zealand in 1769-71
USA Today had the best headline for this story: “Houston, we have a typo.”